This weekend much of the MMA world was buzzing with the retirement of BJ Penn. Even though he did it without the fanfare that the Prodigy did, Jens 'Li'l Evil' Pulver hung up his gloves as well. Many already assumed he had upon being cut from the WEC, but he had continued to fight in smaller shows. Though his last fight was in November of 2013, he waited until this past weekend to make retirement official.
Pulver has said in recent interviews that he's taken up coaching. He says he has several guys who may be able to make waves down the road. In addition to his coaching enterprise, he has also really taken to commentating. Jens has always been known for his vibrant personality and strong character. A place behind the microphone will be perfect for him.
Jens was the first UFC lightweight champion, and even has a win over BJ Penn, who is largely considered to be the greatest 155lber ever. He ultimately dropped to 145lbs (and 135 in smaller shows) where he defeated Cub Swanson and went on to have a memorable title fight against Urijah Faber in the Zuffa-owned WEC. He was a centerpiece in Pat Militech's famed camp in Bettendorf, Iowa. There he trained alongside MMA legends like Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia, Robby Lawler, and Jeremy Horn.
Jens Pulver overcame a troubled childhood in which he had been plagued by an abusive, alcoholic father. Li'l Evil was the first fighter to really put the lighter weight classes on the map and he will always be considered a pioneer in the sport.